Ride to Support Youth Mental Health!
"The Tour" as it is affectionately known, is the brainchild of a group of local cyclists with a passion for their community and the future of its youth. Now in its fourth year, the Tour aims to raise community awareness regarding youth mental health, allowing for education and de-stigmatisation of mental illness. Funds raised from the ride go to Blackwood Youth Action, a local not for profit group, to provide counselling to young people across the Warren Blackwood region.
Our Tour Beneficiary: Blackwood Youth Action
Blackwood Youth Action is a local charity that supports marginalised young people in the Blackwood Region and surrounds to "be the best they can be".
Mental illness is the leading cause of death in young people in Australia. In the Warren Blackwood region, young people with mental health problems have extremely limited access to services to support them. The majority of our youth with emerging or mild/moderate mental health problems would not have access locally to psychological support without the support provided by the Rotary Tour of the Blackwood.
Funds raised from the Tour of the Blackwood support the provision of individualised counselling for youth with mental illness living within the Warren Blackwood region.
On behalf our our youth...our future...thank you for taking part in this ride.
Our Valued Tour Patron: Professor Fiona Stanley AC
Professor Stanley is a highly respected researcher and advocate for child and adolescent health. The Rotary Club is honoured to have her accept the invitation to take on the position of Patron of the Ride.
Professor Stanley said: “Across Australia, one in four young people will suffer a mental illness this year, with only a quarter of these receiving professional help. Young people in rural Australia do not have access to the same services that their regional and city counterparts do. It is pleasing to see innovative, community driven projects to support young people to get the care that they need.”
“I am excited to support this community initiative, and look forward to cycling some of the hills of scenic Bridgetown”.
We look forward to having you back in beautiful Bridgetown again, Fiona!